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Product Details

  • Performer: Pacific Symphony; Pacific Chorale; Stclair
  • Composer: Danielpour Richard
  • Audio CD (Sept. 16 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reference Recordings
  • ASIN: B00005YJZK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,392 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Introit: Requiem-Vigil I-Kyrie
2. Dies Irae
3. Vigil II-Lacrimosa-Pie Jesu
4. Sanctus
5. Benedictus
6. Lay This Body Down
7. Agnus Dei
8. Libera Me-Not In Our Time
9. Lux Aeterna

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I had the pleasure of singing for this recording, and it was a very spiritual experience to work with Mr Danielpour, John Alexander, and Carl St. Clair. Mr. Danielpour, a New Yorker himself, told us that although he had been working on the piece for a couple of years, the very day he had phoned the publishers to ask how much time he had before choosing a dedication for the work was September 11, 2001. The woman he was speaking with was witnessing the WTC being attacked a few blocks from her office in lower Manhattan. Needless to say, the dedication was determined by those very tragic events. He told the story to the audience before we sang the World Premier of his work, and the concert was awe inspiring. Later, we set about the arduous work of recording the piece at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Unlike some recording sessions I have been in, this one went very smoothly, and there seemed to be plenty of time to get the cuts everyone liked. The soloists were troopers and hit the mark every time. I would highly recommend it even if I hadn't participated in it!
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I have compared this Richard Danielpour composition to a different "American Requiem" - composed by Evgeni Kostitsyn. You are welcome to compare the two for yourself. I recommend Kostitsyn's composition more.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa3f2aac8) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3f03660) out of 5 stars An American Requiem April 6 2002
By Meri Rogoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I had the pleasure of singing for this recording, and it was a very spiritual experience to work with Mr Danielpour, John Alexander, and Carl St. Clair. Mr. Danielpour, a New Yorker himself, told us that although he had been working on the piece for a couple of years, the very day he had phoned the publishers to ask how much time he had before choosing a dedication for the work was September 11, 2001. The woman he was speaking with was witnessing the WTC being attacked a few blocks from her office in lower Manhattan. Needless to say, the dedication was determined by those very tragic events. He told the story to the audience before we sang the World Premier of his work, and the concert was awe inspiring. Later, we set about the arduous work of recording the piece at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Unlike some recording sessions I have been in, this one went very smoothly, and there seemed to be plenty of time to get the cuts everyone liked. The soloists were troopers and hit the mark every time. I would highly recommend it even if I hadn't participated in it!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3f036b4) out of 5 stars Not just another 9/11 tribute Jan. 1 2005
By D. Ramos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I find the previous reviewers attack on composer Richard Danielpour to be uninformed and insulting. This is a beautiful recording and a moving work that just happened to be premiered two months after the 9/11 attack. Does the reviewer seriously think that a piece entitled "An American Requiem" be premiered in Nov. of 2001 without any reference to what had just happened?

The performances are excellent throughout. Mezzo Stephanie Blythe is especially magnificent. The mixing of the traditional Mass text with the American poetry is very effective. Poems about a mother grieving over her lost son and a captain lamenting his fallen comrades offer a more personal experience to a requiem mass.

Give this recording a chance to stand on its own merits. It deserves to be heard and enjoyed for generations and not just be tied to one tragic event in our country's history.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3f03aec) out of 5 stars The Latin Requiem with American additions. Nov. 6 2013
By Mark E. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard this in concert recently and had to buy the recording to hear it again. A complex, interesting work, mixing the traditional Latin Requiem with texts from Whitman and Emerson. I reserve five stars for my very favorite few works and performances, but I will return to this again and again.

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As I have returned to the work, I return to this review, to give it five stars after all. I have listened dozens of times, and find fresh beauties in it. I need to purchase the score.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3f03c48) out of 5 stars Dedication Nov. 20 2003
By Doug Sanders - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have compared this Richard Danielpour composition to a different "American Requiem" - composed by Evgeni Kostitsyn. You are welcome to compare the two for yourself. I recommend Kostitsyn's composition more.
3 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3f03f9c) out of 5 stars Hoary opportunism Oct. 19 2004
By Joe Canoe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Anyone who felt even the least bit of emotional stirring as a result of the 9/11 attacks would do well to avoid this recording. Danielpour cobbles together an incoherent mess of a piece whose references to different styles and idioms is insincere at best. In a rush to further his career, he reoriented this piece around the terrorist attacks while it was near completion not by changing much of the composition, but rather the dedication on the title page. Even without the 9/11 angle, this music is just plain cringe inducing.

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